Branch Secretary :

Peabody Reps Win Safety Victory!

Unite reps at Peabody have successfully challenged the practice of refusing paid sickness leave for operatives in a case that clearly demonstrates the empowerment of staff through an organised union.


The member concerned was an operative working in an area of the business treated as a subsidiary, and was therefore told that they were not eligible for sick pay.


In the course of his work, the member was threatened with assault by a tenant armed with a weapon and was subsequently unable to work due to fear and distress. The trauma he suffered was compounded by the fear of lost wages, and despite this horrific incident, the worker in question was back at work within a few days.





The member approached Unite reps who intervenened and successfully argued that he should receive paid sickness leave. Had Unite not successfully intervened, the member would not have had the support he needed to continue in his role.


Also with the support of Unite, this incident was escalated through the health and safety team meaning appropriate action was taken to safeguard any other operatives needing to enter this property in the future.


This case underlines the vital importance of unions in protecting the health, safety and welfare of all staff. The member and reps worked together not only to provide individual support, but also to change working practices for the benefit of others.


The message is - join Unite because the bosses just can't be trusted!


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